Herb-Roasted Chicken with Zucchini and Peppers


1 whole free-range chicken, 4 to 4½ pounds, neck, giblets, and any excess fat removed
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1½-inch pieces
3 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1½-inch pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or Italian parsley leaves


Pat the outer surface of the chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon of the thyme. Use that mixture to season the chicken outside and inside the cavity. Let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (about 400°F).
Pour enough water into the center cup of the poultry roaster to fill it about one-quarter of the way (but no more). Place the chicken over the center cup so it sits firmly. Tuck the tips of the wings behind the chicken’s back.
Place the bell peppers and zucchini in a large bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt, the remaining ½ teaspoon thyme, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat.
Arrange the vegetables around the perimeter of the poultry roaster. Cook the vegetables with the chicken over indirect medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh (not touching the bone) registers 160° to 165°F, and the vegetables are tender, 1 to 1¼ hours.
Wearing insulated barbecue mitts, remove the poultry roaster from the grill and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let rest for about 15 minutes (the internal temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees during this time).
Carve the chicken into serving pieces and arrange on a serving platter. Spoon the vegetables around the chicken. Garnish with tarragon. Serve warm.

Helpful Hints:

This recipe is speciffically referring to a Weber Grill.

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